Blood Pressure Meds

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    I started taking Toprol XR for mild HBP this week, since I started taking it, I've had a huge decrease in sex drive (hard to finish, not as easy to get it up to begin with). I've never had any sexual problems before, and I'm 19 so I'm used to always being ready to go. Its starting to bother me. Has anybody had a problem like this after taking something similar?
     
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    If you just started taking it, your body will adjust,
     
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    The symptoms you describe are a well know side effect of blood pressure meds. What concerns me is that your rather young at 19 to be suffering from hypertension. Is your or has your GP run any tests to find out if there is any clinical cause for your blood pressure. I think you need to go back and speak with your GP about the effect the meds are having on you. There are other meds you can take that do not have these side effects, but it depends on the cause of your blood pressure as to what meds s/he can prescribe.
     
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    ok havent posted in like forever, but this is right up my street so here it goes!

    I'm assuming that you've been given beta blockers for either anxiety or a recently diagnoses heart defect? In either case, they CAN cause a variety of problems. You're very young to be suffering like this and there are a HUGE variety of beta blockers that will work just as well whatever the problem. If these aren't working for you, speak to your doctor. Don't be embarressed and good luck.
     
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    I was on Lisonpril for a short time.

    Ten lbs in weight (which I lost) makes the difference between borderline high and normal blood pressure for me.
     
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    I'm on Lisinopril AND Metoprolol for High blood pressure. Unfortunately losing weight won't help because I'm 6 foot 165. LUCKILY, all the plumbing works just fine thank you, but both of these drugs can lead to erectile dysfunction. Have you seen a cardiologist? I'm a registered Nurse and would want to know why you have hypertension at such a young age.
     
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    Do you take a diuretic Industrialsize? I've been on Hydrochlorothiazide for twenty years (smallest dose).

    They've kept me on that.

    Never had plumbing problems from anything I'm happy to report. The Lisinopril made it take longer to cum as I recall and the general interest was slightly lessened but that was it.
     
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    I take Benicar for my HPB. I've been on this for about a year and a half and was on a similar drug for a year or so prior, but my stupid insurance wouldn't pay for the other one, so the dr. gave me this instead. What I have noticed is that I don't get fully hard most of the time, only like 75%. No loss of sensation, desire and hasn't affected anything else, just that the hydraulics don't go all the way up. Next time I'm at the dr. I'm going to ask about that.
     
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    my docs have had me on several BP meds for years. Calcium channel, beta blockers, alpha blockers and, they did a renal artery test (that was freaky). hypertension runs with 3 of my grandparents. I've tried different diets, more excersize, more water, less water, no salt, bananas and facing south-east to piss on rainy days and still have elevated bp.
    I've been on 10mg Benazapril (generic Lotenson) a day for several years and this has the least side effects for me. My libido is also best on this. I still have to take it easy standing to quickly- nice head rushes.
    The first med I was on, I was 24 and in a routine visit found my bp 160/143. My doc gave me some pills and made me sit there for 4 hours till it came down. Lucky I never had a stroke, but on that medicine I felt like my head was in a can and had just about zero sex drive.
    now, It's always around 135/80 and I'm pounding one out daily.
    mention your concerns to your MD and they will probably ween you off one and try another med.
     
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    I was put on Metoprolol 25 mg twice a day following triple by-pass heart surgery over a year ago. I was taken off of it for a few days due to too low blood pressure and severe water retention in the legs and less severe in the tummy. There a little fluffiness in my face.The rest of my body is lean. I didn't say heavy muscled. I just mean no fat or fluid building.

    If my severe low blood pressure (sometimes as low as 77/36 goes back to being high or my pulse rate goes back up, I will start taking the Metoprolol taking only 12.5 (One-half pill) in the morning and another 12.5 mg at night to see if I can get a middle somewhere with my blood pressure, pulse rate and fluid retention.

    TO THE QUESTION AT HAND, WHAT ARE THE SEXUAL SIDE EFFECTS?

    It is a bit difficult to get it hard when the blood pressure which is normally high is now down below 99 over below 60. It is difficult to do anything with blood pressure that low.

    Even when the blood pressure was normaL while taking this beta blocker, I still have a problem with sexual side effects. The main one is I can get it hard though not as hard, but I can't maintain it. Why? The host of medications I take guarantees that once I sit or lay down, I start getting drowsy.

    I have little trouble getting horny, but lose the sexual appetite as soon as I start to do something to "treat" being horny. Sometimes I have been hard, not fully erect but still hard while my trusty hand is still moving.

    I am also on Flomax for nerve damage that affects my blood pressure and the muscles surrounding the bladder. The Flomax works but it also affects sexual function.

    I have been advised by some non doctor friends that I need a calcium blocker since calcium blockers won't lower the blood pressure as much and it will also help with the severe fluid retention in the legs.

    I can still get off. I just don't get to as often. I often reach a point where I just fizzle. My urologist said that the cum was being forced back down into the bladder instead of pulsating out some of the time.

    Sometimes, I become horny and then slowly lost my sexual appetite. Needless to say, at that point I start to lose the erection as well

    Any suggestions? It could be my anxiety medication which I've been led to believe is a culprit behind me losing focus on the joys of sexual activity.

    It is often the "other" medical condition that makes this thread tricky. Most people needing the average dosage of a beta blocker also have other medical problems and/or medications that may be the "real" culprit.

    Then there are the drug interactions. Meaning that a person can take one medication (A) for (A) medical condition and have no problems. That same person can take medication (B) for another (B) medical condition. But when that person starts taking both (A) and (B) medications at the same time, they cause a totally new medical problem to appear that goes away as soon as you remove only the (A) medication or only the (B) medication.

    I google every medication I take and book mark the best site for that medical condition or possible side effects of medications prescribed by doctors for that same medical condition.

    It is impossible for a doctor or pharmacists to remember every possible side effect for the hundreds of medications out there that doctors can prescribe.

    TO THE 19 YEAR OLD:

    Get busy and find out these pieces of information:

    1. Why do I have high blood pressure?

    If you find that out, you can google that problem and may find the solution for it yourself. Talk to your physician and see if he can give a diagnosis for your medical condition other than "You have high blood pressure. Take this pill and see if it will bring it down."

    2. Are you overweight or not get enough exercise?

    It is amazing what losing 10 to 30 lbs. can do to lower the blood pressure. Same thing for exercise. Exercise helps strengthen the blood vessels and prevent build up of plaque. If stress is the culprit, excercising may reduce the stress and tension in your life enough that the blood pressure will come down on its own.

    3. What else are you taking besides this heart medication?

    That includes all the non prescription medications. My pharmacist told me that if Tylenol had just been discovered or made in a lab, it could not pass today's rigorous standards to allow a drug on the American market.

    The problem could be some of those health pills or pills to build muscles etc.

    4. Find out the medical history of both parents, grandparents and even great grandparents to see what medical conditions they had and what worked or didn't work for them.

    5. Are you drinking enough water and getting enough or too much sleep and eating a heart healthy diet?

    Many medical problems including allergies, fluid retention, high blood pressure and other medical problems can best be treated by drink a lot more water or brewed tea. Soft drinks, fruit drinks and drinks with a high concentration of corn syrup or sugar don't count as water.

    Too much or not enough sleep can cause blood pressure to rise.

    Too much sodium in the diet also can raise blood pressure. Fast foods are fine now and then. A steady diet of just fast foods has been shown to cause medical conditions that result in high blood pressure.

    6. Is there a major stress in your life"

    That can make the blood pressure jump up twenty or more points. there are many examples of people who have removed a major stress in their life and bingo, the blood pressure went down to normal.

    7. Have you asked your doctor about other HBP medications that may work for you, but don't have sexual or other unwanted side effects?

    Many people have lowered their HBP by changing their HBP medications and not have unwanted side effects. It is worth a try, especially if the doctor has some samples so you don't have to invest a lot of money trying out different medications.

    I have trouble with much of the above. It only takes five minutes a day of eating the wrong thing or drinking the wrong thing to put your body at risk for a host of medical conditions. Ditto all the other examples. That is my problem. Twenty-three hours and 55 minutes I follow a perfect diet and in five minutes I can completely destroy all the good work I did in the rest of the day.

    Who said life is fair?
     
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    I was on Lisinopril for a few years and notice that my erections were a bit softer for the first few months of taking the drugs. I had to stop taking the medication because of a bad case of angioedema. What's that? My tongue swelled up to the size of a baseball, fairly common with ace inhibitors.
     
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    Thanks for the posts guys. I'm hoping I might just be getting used to the medication. I hooked up with my girlfriend last night and all went well, its just I feel a drop in overall sex drive and like I said its a little harder to get it going. I also take Adderal XR during school months, but have been doing so for years and take anxiety medicine occasionally, but again, have taken the same medicine for years.

    I've been to the cardiologist and general practitioner and had every test in the book, and they concluded that the cause is probably a mix of family history (dad, brother, sister, all grandparents all have high blood pressure) and anxiety/stress. It's not dangerously high, usually around 145/80, but a little too high for my age.

    I keep myself in good shape and a normal weight, I do cardio four days a week and upper/lower body 3 days a week and play football, so no problem there.

    I'm going to give it another week and if things don't look better, I'll go back to the doctor and have a talk. Thanks again guys.
     
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    Ya, it's for irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure triggered by anxiety. I'm not worried about talking to him about it, he's good looking and cool in his late twenties, I've talked to him about sexual problems before, I just want to make sure it's not a temporary side effect before I pay the co-pay and make the trip.
     
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    Read this post yesterday and was wondering what lisinopril was. I heard my uncle mention it recently. He and I are very close in age, so it's not weird that we can talk about these things. Told me last night that he's been taking that med for the last seven years or so. So I asked if there were any side effects, and he mentioned a mild headache when he started and a very limp dick that continues to this day.

    He said he tried getting off the meds a couple of years ago but it did no good. Viagra and Levitra work just fine for him, but otherwise he's pretty hopeless. Sad, too. He's 52 and still in damn good shape.
     
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    I was on beta-blockers and everything worked fine, just actually cumming was the problem, which let me frustrated.
     
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    Sadly hypertension is something being diagnosed in people at younger and younger ages. The side effects of most anti-hypertensives include erectile dysfunction. Some of these drugs are worse than others for these problems, so trying a couple of different ones would probably be in order if the good things do not sustain.

    In most cases in the early stages erectile agents such as Viagra and Levitra will help, but, if you find yourself over time on heavier dosages injections may be in your future. Take it one step at a time and do not hit the panic button. You were just diagnosed and corrections and balances all take time. Good Luck Friend. . . .
     
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    I was on Lisinopril for a few weeks when my BP was first being treated. Until I got used to it I was to lethargic to even notice if I had a sex drive or not. They took me off of it because of the cough associated with it, now I'm on Diovan and everything works, it just seems to take a lot longer to cum.
     
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